Summer is a such a fabulous time to hang out with family and friends. Of course, to encourage them to come over to yours rather than somewhere else you will have to ensure your place is the best. Luckily, with a little investment and creativity, this isn’t such a tough thing to do, read on to find out how.

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An outdoor cooking space.

One key feature that you can bet will have people flocking to your home is an outdoor cooking space.

If you want to go all out with this, why not install a high-end outdoor kitchen complete with gas burners, grills, and even prep and seating areas? Just think of all the grill parties you can have, you could even host a cook-off!

However, if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far why not create a BBQ area instead? In fact, you can do this pretty quickly and cheaply by installing a patio or a deck and then choosing a gas BBQ.

Although, remember too that are other options such as putting in a pizza oven. A feature that means you can bake your very own bread and delicious pizzas, and will no doubt get visitors throughout the summer on the novelty factor alone.

Open air lounge area.

Next, to keep people coming back to your house during the warmer months, it is essential that you offer them a comfortable space in which to relax. This is often easier said than done in the garden though, especially if you are catering to large groups as outdoor furniture can be expensive.

One solution to this problem is to create low-level couches with old pallets, and DIY foam cushions as they do in the video below. Alternatively, why not invest in inflatable waterproof sofas that are cheap and can be moved anywhere in the garden in line with the sun?


Pool and facilities.

The real K.O. move for anyone wanting to guarantee that their home will be hanging out central this summer season is to install a pool of some sort.

Now, you may think this means going to all the effort of digging out a below ground pool, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, there are plenty of other options such as above ground pools, container pools, and even inflatable pools and hot tubs that can be put up just for the summer period.

Of course, it can help too if you install some poolside facilities such as an electric shower, and even a loo in a garage, shed, or outbuilding. Then your guests will be comfortable spending an extended time in outdoor space throughout the summer months.

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Light and shade.

Last, but not least while the sun may be a somewhat rare occurrence in the UK in the summertime, it’s can still be a good idea to provide some shade in which visitors can sit. In fact, this may be a most important factor as people are much more sun conscious these days.

With that in mind, why not consider sectioning off part of the garden and installing a sunshade like these? Something that can also double as protection for the rainier days and will ensure that your house will be the place to hang out, whether the sun is shining, or not.

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